Rudy Gobert calls out FIBA over inconvenient drug test
Rudy Gobert did not exactly have a restful morning after his team’s FIBA World Cup opener.
The Utah Jazz center, who is playing for France this summer, took to Twitter this weekend to call out FIBA for an inconvenient drug test. Gobert said that he was woken up for a blood and urine test the morning after a late game against Germany, depriving him of his recovery time.
Got woke up this morning for a doping control( BLOOD and urine), the morning after a late game when i could sleep more. No respect for the player’s recovery time. Terrible way of doing things @FIBA .
— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) September 2, 2019
The 27-year-old Gobert played 31 minutes against Germany, logging nine points and nine rebounds to help lead France to the 78-74 victory. They will be facing Jordan in the group stage on Tuesday though, marking just one full day in between games.
Gobert is not the first pro athlete who has gotten upset about the timing of drug tests, and there has to be some middle ground between keeping them random but also affording athletes the valuable time they need to recuperate after competition.